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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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KENYA | Konza Technology City | U/C



Konza Technology City
Nairobi Metropolitan Region
Kenya

Official Website: http://www.konzacity.co.ke/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konza_Technology_City

Kenyan Forum Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1061225



Development Facts

Cost: $14.5 billion

Area: 5,000 acre site

Location: 60km (37 miles) south-east of Nairobi

Architects: SHoP Architects (http://www.shoparc.com/)


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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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The $14.5 billion "Silicon Savannah" has broken ground today:


Kenya begins construction of 'silicon' city Konza
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23 January 2013
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Kenya's president has launched a $14.5bn (£9.1bn) project to build a new city intended to be an IT business hub and dubbed "Africa's Silicon Savannah".

It will take 20 years to build Konza Technology City about 60km (37 miles) from the capital, Nairobi.

It is hoped that more than 20,000 IT jobs will be created in Konza by 2015, and more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.

Despite Kenya's usually divisive politics, the project has the backing of all political parties.

Konza is part of the government's ambitious Vision 2030 initiative to improve much-neglected infrastructure over the next 18 years.

Correspondents say the government also wants to take advantage of the growing number of software developers in the East African nation.

'Tremendous opportunities'

"It is expected to spur massive trade and investment as well as create thousands of employment opportunities for young Kenyans in the ICT [information communications technology] sector," President Mwai Kibaki said at the ceremony to launch the construction, adding it would be a "game-changer" for the country's development.

He called on domestic and foreign investors to take advantage of Konza's "tremendous opportunities".

The 5,000-acre (2,011-hectare) site was a ranch to the south-east of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa.

When the plan was announced after the last elections property prices in the area soared, reporters say.

According to the Konza information website, the city wants to attract business process outsourcing, software development, data centres, disaster recovery centres, call centres and light assembly manufacturing industries.

A university campus focused on research and technology as well as hotels, residential areas, schools and hospitals will also be built.

The government has appointed the Konza Technopolis Development Authority to oversee the building of the IT hub, which will be built in four phases - starting with the technology centres first.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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Great project!! Kigali can now forget about being an IT hub!
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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Rwanda didn't realistically stand a chance. Nairobi/Kenya has been silently but effectively positioning itself as an important hub for IT and communication firms, research labs and so forth:

IBM: Kenya seals deal to host IBM’s first Africa research hub (2012)

Qualcomm: Qualcomm to set up regional Africa center in Nairobi (2012)

Nokia: Nokia to set up global research hub in Nairobi (2012)

Stratlink Global: StratLink to open first African office in Nairobi (2012)

Motorola Solutions: Motorola Solutions Opens Kenya Office (Africa HQ) for Enterprise Business (2012)

NIIT: Indian IT firm to set up office in Kenya (2012)

Blackberry: Blackberry to Set Up Offices in Country (2011)

Bharti Airtel: African headquarters of Bharti will be in Nairobi (2010)

Cisco Systems: Cisco Inaugurates East African Headquarters in Nairobi (2007)

... the list goes on.
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Kenya breaks ground on Africa’s silicon savannah
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23 January 2013
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Kenya has begun converting 5,000 acres of savannah dotted with antelopes and ringed by hills into “the most modern city in Africa”. Contractors begin work this week on the $10bn Konza Techno City project, 60km south of the capital Nairobi, which has been dubbed Kenya’s Silicon Savannah.

“This is an ultra-modern and visionary undertaking,” said Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s president, breaking ground on Tuesday in front of a 3,000 strong crowd at the scrubland site, which he said would be a game-changer for Kenya’s $36bn economy. “You may not believe that there will be 200,000 jobs here, but you better just keep watching.”

Designers say the scale of the project compares with creating another Manhattan, central London or inner-city Beijing.

“This is a globally significant project,” says Todd Sigaty at SHoP Architects, which leads the design team for the master plan and has previously designed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which opened last year.

The project has been designed to tap into Kenya’s emerging role as a centre for information technology and innovation.

The country has four undersea fibre-optic cables for high-speed internet, which could rise to seven by the end of the year. In 2007 Kenyans created a system to send money and pay bills via mobile phones that today transfers the equivalent of 27 per cent of its GDP and has been exported around the world.

Rather than echo a smattering of tech parks and business centres starting up on the continent, Kenya envisions a broader city-from-scratch to bring research universities, industry and government together, along the lines of Silicon Valley.

“We want to use that to incubate start-ups,” says Bitange Ndemo, permanent secretary at the ministry of information and communications, who conceived and lobbied for the project against naysayers.

“We can quickly create something like Canary Wharf,” he says. “It can never be a white elephant – why would it be when land in [Nairobi district] Upper Hill for one acre is 1bn shillings [$11.5m]. We bought Konza for 200,000 shillings an acre.”

The government is counting on winning the lion’s share of financing from global and domestic private sector players keen to tap into African growth and Nairobi’s appeal as a pan-continental hub.

Already companies such as Google and IBM are looking beyond South Africa for regional headquarters and Kenya is benefitting.

The government will spend an initial $210m building the basics – water, energy, sewerage, roads – and hopes the private sector will take over after that, building offices, homes, universities and data centres in line with a state-led master plan. The first $3bn five-year phase envisages housing 30,000 people.

Ndemo says 14 companies, including China’s Huawei, Canada’s Research in Motion and Korea’s Samsung, are ready to work with developers to design and build their plots. Others are hanging back until after elections slated for March 4. Boeing and Fedex have also discussed making Konzo their Africa headquarters, said vice president Kalonzo Musyoka. The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“We want to build the national database, an airport for low-cost connections and a university here,” said Richard Bell, CEO of East Africa Capital Partners, a venture capital fund among the 14 that has raised $300m for regional technology investments in the past four years.

The pre-election launch of Konza is a deliberately timed effort to signify hopes Kenya will ride out forthcoming polls, which take place in the shadow of violence that killed more than 1,100 people following 2007 elections and stalled the economy.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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its started
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1081232&type=3
http://www.konzacity.co.ke

Hope it works out. More often than not these project fail completely.
But it looks like a smart plan.
Last massive project probaly that Kibaki will start
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Old January 24th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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massive any latest about Tato City?
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Old January 24th, 2013, 01:12 PM   #8
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massive any latest about Tato City?
Yes, the final legal hurdles have been overcome and Tatu City is now fully under construction.
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Word from Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt:

Google’s Eric Schmidt Sees Nairobi as Africa’s Technology Leader
Bloomberg
23 January 2013


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After a week of traveling around sub-Saharan Africa, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt saw what he thinks could be the continent’s technology leader: Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

“Nairobi has emerged as a serious tech hub and may become the African leader,” he said in a post on Google+ yesterday. Rwanda is “a jewel with a terrible past” and Nigeria has an “international image problem.”

But Kenya, with relatively stable politics and the British legal system, attracts foreign investment with fewer problems, he wrote.

Like the rest of Africa, Kenya is being transformed by mobile technology. Coffee shops display a code so people can make a purchase using a text message. It’s also how people pay their rent. In his post, Schmidt pointed out M-Pesa, a mobile payment service backed by Safaricom, the biggest carrier in Kenya.

Entrepreneurs in Nairobi said Schmidt visited the iHub, a startup co-working space that has taken over a couple of floors of a mall there, to meet a dozen companies.

“His questions were very sharp, as one would expect, on the local market and he was impressed by what some of the local startups like Kopo Kopo, SafariDesk and eLimu were doing,” said Erik Hersman, a Kenyan entrepreneur, in an e-mail.

Kopo Kopo is a startup that makes it easier for businesses to accept money via text message. SafariDesk helps plan East African vacations, and eLimu makes a computer tablet for Kenyans in primary school to use.

“Google already has a very strong focus in Kenya,” Schmidt said. Mobile connectivity is the biggest thing Africa has going for it, he said. “The Internet in Africa will primarily be a mobile one,” he said in his post. “Information is power, and more information means more choices.”

Africa’s youth can avoid being taken advantage of through corruption or militarism by spreading information and connecting with it, Schmidt said.

One test of his thesis will be Kenya’s March elections, which citizens fear will erupt into violence. In 2007, more than a thousand were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes after the elections.

“If they manage to get through the upcoming March elections without significant conflict, they will grow quickly,” Schmidt wrote.
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The Kenyan government will locate its data centre at Konza:

Government data centre set for Konza
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24 January 2013
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The Government of Kenya is set to take the lead as one of the foremost tenants at Konza Techno City, with the proposed setting up of an ultra-modern Government Data Centre.

According to Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat Director General Mugo Kibati, the government has committed to taking up space at the new Konza Techno City, with plans of putting up a new Tier 4 Government Data Centre, as part of the Vision 2030 implementation process.

At Konza Techno City, the Government will join a pool of local and international firms, which have expressed an interest to invest in the new Smart City such as Google, Samsung, Huawei, Craft Silicon and Safaricom Limited.

Other potential investors include Telemax Technology Corporation from Taiwan, Wananchi Group, Research in Motion, Multimedia University, University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Toyota, Nairobi Hospital and Shapoorji Pallonji Group from India.

The proposed Government Data Centre will complement the existing facility which currently links government ministries, departments and agencies.

The stepping up of Vision 2030 implementation process including elements such as government service delivery through e-Government platforms, Kibati explained justifies the need for a modern Government Data Centre

“The proposed facility will also help upscale the existing facility already operating at optimum capacity. Plans are also underway to scale-up the existing GDC to a tier 3 facility,” he added.

Kibaki emphasised as part of the existing Vision 2030 goals, a new Government Data Centre will help boost government service delivery and efficiency through a centralized platform.

“Given the existing information security threats, both the proposed and existing Government Data Centre’s have helped to promote the security of Government information through a harmonised and centrally managed model,” he noted.

“Charity begins at home and even as we collaborate to attract international investors to Konza, I am glad that the government has accepted the proposal to take a lead and put up an advanced Data Centre at Konza Techno City in coming years,” he added.

He revealed that the necessary procurement and project design for the upgraded Government Data Centre is already at an advanced stage with various stakeholders such as the Ministry of Information, Treasury, Directorate of e-Government, ICT Board among other players already engaging.

As part of the Vision 2030 Foundations for National Transformation, various institutional reforms including the establishment of the existing Government Data Centre have been undertaken.

Commissioned in 2011, the Government Data Centre facilitates the storage and processing of applications and databases in a virtual (digital) environment sourced from all ministries, departments and agencies.

The Government Data Centre, which is one of the most modern data centres in Kenya, is linked to the Government Common Core Network (GCCN) linked to various Government Ministries, departments and agencies.

According to the Directorate of e-Government, the current Government Data Centre has been implemented under an Enterprise Architecture combining data warehousing, re-engineered processes as well as virtualized technologies.

The existing GDC has also facilitated reasonable cost savings by eliminating the need for high infrastructure expenses while providing an easy to use, cost efficient, flexible, dynamic and secure environment for Government data and information.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 01:40 PM   #11
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great project kenya is coming up. but u guys should not spoil naija's name o! pls
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Old January 24th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #12
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/117209449/...very-Partner-2
+links at the bottom of the page really intresting!
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This is an exciting project. I hope it will develop as it is hoped for. Just being curious, how is the electricity infrastructure in that area? IT business is pretty energy hungry, how is that need going to be addressed? And what energy source will be used? Conventional, coal or oil or something else?
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This is an exciting project. I hope it will develop as it is hoped for. Just being curious, how is the electricity infrastructure in that area? IT business is pretty energy hungry, how is that need going to be addressed? And what energy source will be used? Conventional, coal or oil or something else?
Kenya is in the process constructing several power plants, dams, geothermal plants and one of the world's largest wind farms.

Here's the thread on the $873m Lake Turkana Wind Power Project: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=922856

The 'energy' thread in the Kenyan forum, for all other energy related projects: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...130557&page=10
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More Konza visuals have been released.

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Entry plaza:




University campus:




Business district:




Technology and life science district:




Konza Techno City pavilion:








Masterplan structure:




Phase one (U/C):





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very interesting project for Kenya. Do you have any pictures from the construction area?
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updates on this project?

any international partners?
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very interesting project for Kenya. Do you have any pictures from the construction area?
Only superficial clearing ongoing currently. Real work will start by the end of the year.
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Konza City construction starts in December after firm picked
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Construction at Konza Technolopis is expected to start in December after the government tapped a US consultancy firm to guide the first phase of the multi-billion- shilling project.

Tetra Tech Inc beat five bidders to secure the contract that will include land lease negotiation with investors, marketing the project and overseas firms that will lay infrastructure such as power, roads and sewerage on the 5,000-acre land.

The firm will also carry out financial analysis on the project and conduct due diligence of investors to be awarded stakes in the technopolis.

The maiden phase of the project is planned to be implemented from 2013 to 2017.

Information and Communication Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i said the government had set aside Sh1.3 billion in this financial year to finance the project’s first phase which will include construction of roads within the site.

“The tender process for the second master developer was concluded on Monday and we intended to start implementing some of the projects in phase one before Christmas,” said Dr Mating’i during a Konza site visit that brought together the three governors of Machakos, Makaueni, and Kajiado counties.

Phase one of the project will be set up on a 400 acre portion on the site off the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. It is expected to host various amenities including a cultural centre, parks, offices, residential houses, and a university complex, among others.

A review of the plan for Konza showed that investors in transport and other public spaces will be allocated the lion-share of 130 acres of land out of the 400acres set aside for phase-1 of the project.

Ventures on mixed-use developments will be allocated 89 acres, parks (79),university(39),life science (26),residential(26) while offices, retails and cultural community would allocated 11,8 and 1 acre respectively.

Catherine Adeya-Weya, the acting CEO of Konza Technopolis said investors would however be required to fully comply with the approved development plans to ensure order within the metropolis.
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